Many people often seek out a deep tissue massage not quite knowing what it is. A common perception is that a ‘remedial massage’ is a strong-pressured massage, which is not actually the case. Soft tissues are classified as either being ‘superficial’ or ‘deep’, among other things, and these terms are more of an anatomical/positional reference than anything else, similar to saying inferior or superior (i.e. closer to the feet or closer to the head). Examples of deep tissues that your remedial massage therapist, myotherapist or physiotherapist might need to contact are some of your hip flexor muscles (e.g. Iliopsoas), which are located on the inside ridge of your pelvis, or a rotator cuff, such as subscapularis (located on the front of the shoulder blade facing the rib cage).
As you can probably tell, these muscles are not necessarily something you walk into a massage clinic and ask for massage to be done on specifically, unless there was an actual need. However, many massage practices will take advantage of the colloquial meaning that has been given to ‘deep tissue massage’ without actually providing it.
Myotherapy is suitable if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Neck & back pain
- Sciatic pains
- Numbness and tingling
- Joint pain
- Golfers/tennis elbow
- Frozen shoulder
- Knee, hip and ankle pain
- Joint pain
Myotherapists use many of the same techniques as remedial massage therapists and other practitioners such as trigger point therapy (NMT), soft and deep tissue massage, positional release technique (PRT), mobilisation, muscle energy technique (MET) and additionally dry needling, which uses acupuncture needles to treat trigger points, PNF stretching and rehabilitative exercise prescription, along side a number of clinical assessment techniques to ensure the most effective treatment plan can be devised for your condition.
A referral is not necessary to see a myotherapist, unless seeking treatments for a WorkCover treatment plan.